Picture Your World
Students and faculty members in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture (HA&A) explore global history, culture, and society through art and architecture from antiquity to the present day. Trained to celebrate cultural differences and the broad spectrum of human creativity and expression, art history students are natural ambassadors of pluralism and tolerance. Here, you’ll develop skills in appreciating visual and material culture to help you become a true global citizen—ideally equipped to understand how historical events and concerns relate to important contemporary and international phenomena.
Within our department's global and multicultural scope, you'll find a stimulating variety of individual faculty research interests. The department is especially well-known for its focus on the art and architecture of the Pacific Rim—the Americas and East Asia in particular—as well as the Mediterranean world. In addition to these regional foci, current research strengths include urbanism and architecture; modern and contemporary art; and museum, curatorial, and exhibition studies.
The Student Experience
Explore world history, culture, and society through art and architecture. Celebrate cultural differences and the colorful spectrum of human creativity and expression. Immerse yourself in object-based learning. Develop skills in appreciating visual and material culture to become a true global citizen.
HA&A is the hub for the history, theory, and criticism of visual culture within the University of Oregon's College of Design. Students and faculty also maintain deep connections with the university's broad research community through long-standing collaborations with the museums and research units across campus.
Department of the History of Art and Architecture courses are open to all students, not just majors. Take a look at what's being offered and how they're being taught.
Enrich Your Academic Experience
There are opportunities to learn in class, across campus, and around the world. Expand your horizons with study abroad programs or internships. Learn more about how to develop your critical skills related to art history. Develop your leadership and communication skills by joining a student organization. Get involved in the student-run annual art history symposium.
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Map Your Future
Explore the Department of the History of Art and Architecture in the College of Design to discover what makes our places, people, and programs so special.
When Liam Maher, MA, ’20, removed his shoes and walked through a roomful of sand, he says that was the moment when traditional notions of “art” fell away. He had walked into the famous installation “Tropicália” by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica. Maher could never shake this art experience and, years later, chose Oiticica as his thesis subject.
“[Oiticica] created these spaces where anyone and everyone could exist and feel like they were being spoken to through art,” Maher said.